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Paul Marco enters his 13th season as the head soccer coach at Binghamton University in 2014. Under his guidance, the Bearcats have been transformed from a team that won just two games the year before his arrival into an established program that has become a fixture on the conference, regional and national scene. Following the 2013 campaign, Marco has a record of 105-87-42 (.538) since taking over the helm of the Bearcats’ program.
Marco has led Binghamton to two America East Conference titles (2003 and 2006), two America East regular season titles (2006 and 2007) and a conference-record six consecutive appearances in the America East championship game (2003-08). As the Bearcats have made their place among the elite squads in the conference, they have also gained attention in the national polls. In four seasons since Marco became the head coach, Binghamton has either received votes or been ranked in both the NSCAA/adidas and College Soccer News weekly polls. Furthermore, the Bearcats have been ranked among the top 10 teams in the Northeast Region five times since 2003.
Under Marco’s guidance, the Bearcats have excelled just as much in the classroom as they have on the playing field. The 2007 team posted the highest combined GPA in the nation (3.37) out of over 200 programs. The Binghamton 2005 squad had the third-highest combined GPA among all NCAA Division I men’s soccer programs (3.30), the 2006 team was ranked fourth (3.26) and the 2008 squad tied for fifth (3.30). Individually, Binghamton has had one COSIDA Academic All-American, one COSIDA Academic All-District selection and nine NSCAA Scholar All-Americans since Marco became the head coach.
In 2007, Binghamton moved into the 2,534-seat Bearcats Sports Complex and have since ranked among the top Division I programs in the nation in home attendance three times. The Bearcats were No. 21 in the nation during the 2007 campaign and No. 20 in 2008 and No. 23 in 2009. In addition, Binghamton has gone 26-13-6 all time at the Bearcats Sports Complex, including a 24-10-6 mark during the regular season.
Marco led the Bearcats to a 14-6-0 record as well as its second straight America East regular season title during the 2007 campaign. In the process, the Bearcats became the first regular-season repeat champion in 13 years. Binghamton’s 14 wins marked its highest total since 1993. Marco was named the America East Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
The previous year, Marco guided the Bearcats to their first-ever America East Conference regular season title as well as to their second tournament title in four years. Binghamton earned its second trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament and faced No. 17 Harvard in the first round.
In 2003, Marco led the squad to its first-ever America East Championship after the squad was picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll. Binghamton stunned No. 15 Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing 1-0 in overtime at No. 7 St. Louis in the second round. The Bearcats were the first team receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas season-ending Top 25 poll and Marco was named the New York State Region Coach of the Year
Prior to his arrival at Binghamton, Marco was the head coach at West Virginia from 1996-2001. During his tenure, he guided the Mountaineers to a record of 47-62-4. His best season was in 1999, when West Virginia went 13-5-1 and received the third seed in the Big East Championship tournament. That year, Marco was named the Big East Coach of the Year. In addition, Marco’s 1998 team also advanced to the conference tournament, posting an 11-8-1 mark.
Before taking over the head coaching reigns in 1997, Marco served as the Mountaineers’ assistant coach from 1992-95, helping lead the program to an Atlantic 10 conference championship and NCAA tournament berth in 1992.
A former Division I player for West Virginia, Marco led the program to one of its finest seasons in school history in 1990. His 12 points steered the team to a 12-5-1 record—its best mark in 23 years.
In 1991, Marco graduated cum laude from West Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He is teacher certified in grades K-12. Marco also received his master’s degree from West Virgnia University in 1994 in physical education/athletic coaching.
Besides holding a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License, Marco has been a member of the NSCAA national staff for 20 years. He was promoted to the NSCAA Senior Staff in 2005. In that capacity, Marco has taught various levels of the NSCAA academy curriculum courses, and has published numerous articles. From 1999-2001, he served as vice president of the Big East Soccer Coaches for three years.
Marco and his wife, Sheryl, have two children. They reside in Endicott.
BINGHAMTON MEN’S SOCCER UNDER PAUL MARCO
2003 and 2006 America East Champions
2006 and 2007 America East Regular Season Champions
2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 America East Runner-Up
2003 NCAA Tournament (Second Round)
2006 NCAA Tournament (First Round)
One College Soccer News All-American
13 NSCAA All-Region Selections
Four America East Defensive Players of Year
Two America East Strikers of the Year
One America East Goalkeeper of the Year
One America East Rookie of the Year
Nine NSCAA Scholar All-Americans
17 America East All-Academic Selections
Posted the top GPA among Division I men’s soccer programs during the 2007-08 academic year
Binghamton ranked among the top 25 men’s soccer programs in terms of average home attendance during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons
THE MARCO FILE
2002-Present: Head Coach, Binghamton University
1996-2001: Head Coach, West Virginia University
1992-95: Assistant Coach, West Virginia University
Nic Rossi enters his third season as an assistant coach at Binghamton in 2014. He has already been recognized as an up-and-coming college soccer coach, having been selected to the NSCAA’s inaugural 30 under 30 program in 2013
Prior to arriving at Binghamton, Rossi worked with three highly successful programs the previous five years. From 2010-11, he was an assistant coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished the 2010 season No. 17 in the final NSCAA rankings and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his stint in Columbus, Rossi was the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for Division III Stevens Tech for one year. The Ducks won the Empire Eight Conference in 2009, advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Stevens Tech finished the year ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA Division III rankings.
From 2007-09, Rossi was the Director of Soccer Operations for Brown University. In 2007, the Bears won the Ivy League title and were the No. 6 overall seed in that year’s NCAA Tournament.
A 2008 graduate of Rhode Island College, Rossi earned his master’s degree in coaching education from Ohio University in 2011.
In addition to his collegiate career, Rossi played in 2007 for the Western Mass in the USL. He also was a member of the Rhode Island Stingray in the PDL from 2004-06.
Rossi has earned both his USSF “A” License as well as his NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Rossi and his wife Amy, who is an assistant coach with the Binghamton women’s soccer team, reside in Binghamton. Their daughter Stella was born in December 2013.
THE ROSSI FILE
2012-Present: Assistant Coach, Binghamton University
2010-12: Assistant Coach, Ohio State University
2009-10: Recruiting Coordinator: Stevens Tech
2007-09: Director of Soccer Operations, Brown University
Louis Liberatore begins his first season as an assistant coach at Binghamton in 2014. He arrives from Frostburg State, where he was the graduate assistant coach for the women’s soccer team the past two seasons. As the goalkeeper coach, he helped guide the squad to 22 wins during that span as well as a 0.95 GAA and 15 shutouts.
Prior to his stint at Frostburg State, Liberatore was a volunteer assistant goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, Belmont Abbey, during the 2011-12 academic year. At the same time, he was the assistant director of goalkeeper for the Gaston United Soccer Club.
A five-year letterwinner at Belmont Abbey, Liberatore graduated in 2012 with a double major in sports management and sports psychology. A two-year team captain, he was named both All-Conference Carolinas and Academic All-Conference Carolinas.
Liberatore holds a NSCAA National Diploma as well as a Level III Goalkeeping Diploma.
THE LIBERATORE FILE
2014-Present: Assistant Coach, Binghamton University
2012-14: Graduate Assistant Coach, Frostburg State University Women’s Team
2011-12: Volunteer Assistant Coach, Belmont Abbey